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Common Redpoll

Photo of the Week (December 3rd, 2017)

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A month ago, we had 3 surprise visitors in our yard, when 3 Common Redpolls showed up at our thistle/niger feeder. I didn't get any good photos of them, but didn't think much of it. It was the very start of the cold weather, and if Redpolls were already showing up, I figured they'd stay for much of the winter. WRONG!! I didn't see them again in our yard...until this week. I looked out our kitchen window, and to my surprise saw at least 20 foraging in a paper birch, right outside our kitchen window!  They really love the catkins on the paper birch, as do other finch species.  This time I did make sure to get many photos, including this one.  Here's hoping this time they DO stay for much of the winter!

Common Redpoll - Acanthis flammea

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